Zo is 34 months old today. I am listening to our Zoey playlist right now (Charlie Brown by Coldplay, Skinny Love by Bon Iver, Alone by Trampled By Turtles, etc.) as Zoey, Ben and I play “star party” in the bathroom with the door closed and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. These are the moments we need to remember. I can’t forget these. I just burst when they happen. I can’t believe how beautiful she is. I can’t believe how grown up she is. It’s going too fast and before I know it, she’ll be celebrating her 3 year birthday.
- She loves everything Disney right now. I’m totally assuming here, but I think it may have something to do with our trip to Disney World in February. Her favorite Disney classics: Peter Pan (she has a mild crush on Captain Hook), Beauty and the Beast, and the biggest favorite… The Little Mermaid.
- She sings and talks all. the. time. She never stops. (**My mom is reading this thinking to herself, “I wonder where she got that from?**)
- She can draw people! I absolutely love her pictures and I am too embarrassed to explain the extra line she draws in a precarious spot.
- She is an archery prodigy. Ben purchased a Brave bow and arrow set for Zo. She calls it her “Merida Set”. She’s had it for a few days and she can already shoot you in the head… consistently… from 10 feet away… without help. Gulp. We took some video of her last night and I’m pretty sure it’ll be the clip they play after she wins her Olympic Gold in 2028.
- Favorite Food: Pizza. She still has a thing for donuts. I don’t think that will ever change. She is especially fond of Dunkin’ Donuts. She also love cuties and blueberries.
- Favorite Color: Since going to Disney and discovering princesses, she now says she loves pink. But if she’s picking out something and is in between colors, she usually goes for blue.
- Favorite Toys: Toothless, her stuffed Dolphin from the Clearwater Aquarium (Winter), her Merida bow and arrow, and her “princess guys” which are actually just plastic Disney action figures.
- Favorite Song(s): Let It Go… easily. Then Walkin’ On a Dream
- Favorite TV Show(s): Wally Kazam, Bubble Guppies, Olivia and Mickey Mouse Club House
- Funniest quote she’s using right now: “Believe it.” as in “Mommy, I love you. Believe it.”
- She’s so gracious and sweet. After our star party tonight, she profusely thanked Ben, Peen, Boogr, LouMan and myself for coming. Out of the blue she’ll just feel the need to tell us how much she loves us. I adore her big heart.
- Everything she says makes us laugh… and she knows it. I can’t believe the words and phrases she uses. “I inhaled that cutie.” “Daddy, is this makin’ you nervous?” “I sure do love these cuties.” The other night when we were watching her do her archery I said to her “Zoey, you are scary good at this.” She replied, “It’s ok, Mommy. Don’t be scared. It’s just me, Zoey.”
- She’s so observant. I realize more and more that we really have to watch what we say because she understands and absorbs everything.
So, finally! A break in the sub-zero temperatures. We were two days away from breaking the sub-zero highs record set in 1888. That’s nuts. But this meant that we could sneak outside after we returned home from school to do her photos! Now I remember why I like them SO much more than the indoor pictures!
And these two for good measure…
Lots of 3′s. Zo is 33 months old. She’ll be 3 in 3 months! These posts creep up on me every month and it’s always shocking that she is one month older.
- She’s a Frozen fanatic! We listen to Let It Go probably about ten times a day. It’s so cute to watch her stand on the back of the couch (her “snow mountain”) and sing what partially resembles the lyrics to the song. She’s so excited to wear her Elsa dress at Disney World next week.
- She is now 3rd in command at school. Her teachers say that she helps diaper the un-potty-trained kids by bringing them over when it’s their turn. She also likes to pretend she runs story time.
- She’s a puzzle whiz. She hasn’t met a puzzle she couldn’t dominate.
- She knows so much more than we ever thought. The other night she whipped out the “We are flying from Minnesota, all the way down to Florida.” and motioned the correct coordinates of both. She also surprised us with this “Daddy, do you work in Minneapolis on the Mississippi at the you-esss bank?” Um, yes, yes he does. Huh.
- Still hasn’t fallen out of her big girl bed. She’s killin’ it.
- She’s doing awesome in her dance class. Her attention span has grown and she listens so well.
- She’s graduated from scribbles and can draw actual objects now! Ben and I were both shocked beyond comprehension when she Magna-Doodled a downright accurate Olaf from Frozen. Yes, every parent thinks their child is gifted. Yes, I am one of said parents. But even you can’t deny that this is darn good for a 2 year old… Here’s the real guy…
- Favorite Food(s): Graham crackers, donuts, sprinkles, grapes, blueberries
- Favorite Movie(s): Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon, Brave and she’s into the tv shows Olivia and Bubble Guppies
- Favorite Toy(s): Still Toothless, Tiny has wormed his way back in, her dollhouse and her Frozen action figures
- Favorite Color(s): Pink and Blue
- She loves reading again. She’s always been drawn to books but now she’s back to choosing games and books over tv. Phew.
- She’s getting really good at following directions and smiles for pictures on command now! Minimal clownage for mom!
Here are her pictures! We had to take them inside again so they aren’t the top notch level that we were used to in the summer and fall! Man, she looks like her second cousin, Julia, sometimes!
In a measly four months we’ll have a three year old on our hands. Pretty soon there will be makeup, and boys, and arguments about hemlines. She’ll be getting a job and paying taxes. It seems like only yesterday she was in diapers. ;) Zo turned 32 months this past Saturday, January 4. It’s been frigid round these parts so we’ve been stuck indoors. Boo for more indoor pictures, but these ones turned out pretty darn cute in my opinion!
- This kid is potty trained! We decided to do it over Christmas vacation because we were going to be home for a week straight. Turns out, she only needed one day. We are so proud of our grown up. At least, I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s grown up now.
- Subsequently, we had to follow through with our reward for potty training. We (more like Brett, who designed and crafted her bed himself) immediately set up her big girl bed that she’s been pining for. She’s done awesome with it, which translates to a huge sigh of relief for Ben and I. I heard that training a toddler to sleep in a big bed is about the same as having a newborn again. I’m convinced that she really does believe that she can’t get out of the bed by herself which is AMAZING. Also, no random falls out of bed in the middle of the night so we’re doing pretty dang good on that front. She’s just so proud of it.
- She uses proper grammar. No more “me do this” and “me smelled that”. She’ll smack you with a very official sounding “My name is Zoey and I am two and a half years old.”
- She’s onto us. She figured out that there are two Toothlesses (didn’t quite know how to write that word). We now call them Bed Toothless and School Toothless. Small miracle that she doesn’t demand to sleep with both every night, but Bed Toothless stays at home in bed and School Toothless gets to see the world.
- We had Zo’s first official parent/ teacher conference and we are so pleased to see that she is part of an elite group of early preschool few that gets to use scissors.
- Playdough. I see it in my nightmares.
- She likes to explain her dreams. It’s HILARIOUS. My favorite was about the castle at Disney World where she eats popcorn in the upstairs with a big cup of apple juice. You have to be careful and quiet there.
- Favorite Food: Cottage Cheese and Froot Loops… still loves Donuts
- Favorite Color: Blue and Purple
- Favorite Toy: Toothless and BT (Baby Toothless), playdough, stickers and her new doll house that she got for Christmas
- Favorite Saying: “Do we got a deal?”
- Favorite Movie(s): How to Train Your Dragon, Frozen, How to Train Your Dragon – Gift of the Night Fury (aka… “Dragons Christmas” or “Snowy Dragons”), and PeeWee’s Big Adventure (Does that last one make me a horrible parent? Maybe.)
- She’s already helping me plan her 3rd birthday party. She talks about it constantly. Most people are really confused when she tells them that they are invited to her “special birthday dragon training”.
- Very into the Llama Llama books right now… especially since we got a few new ones for Christmas!
- She’s so sweet. Constantly taking Ben and my faces in her hands, looking us in the eye, and telling us that she loves us very much. Sweetest.
- She’s a tall drink of water. Still SO tall but SO chronically thin. It’s impossible to put this kid in pants (you’ll notice the rolled pant legs and cinched waist in her pics below)! We’re either dealing with flood waters or plumber’s rear. :) Can’t win ‘em all, but a good problem to have being a girl I guess!
A big girl in all her big girl bed glory…
She felt “just like Mommy” with her straight hair. At least, it was mostly straight until she started getting cray. Gotta figure… being allowed to stand on/ bounce on a big girl mattress will do that to yah.
I know I’m much later than usual, but with the holidays and a huge Christmas present project going on I’ve not had time to sit down and empty the camera! We took the pictures but I just didn’t post… Sorry!
On December 4, Zo’s monthly odometer clocked 31. I know I say the cliche “she’s changed so much” statement every month but I’ve really noticed a big difference in our girl since we last updated you. She’s going through another growth spurt. Gone are the days of 2T… we are full 3 now. She’s over half my height! Who has two thumbs and is going to be a short mom? (**gesturing to myself with thumbs**)… this girl! She’s so much like her Dad, both in stature and mannerisms. Tall and lean. Lanky and awkward. I love it. Favorite position she sits in now has got to be the leg cross with the hands behind the head. It’s SO Ben. Especially when she lets out the loudest yawn for theatrical value.
Not only has she grown physically (hair is darker and face is leaner) but she’s grown mentally. She can memorize a movie after seeing it twice (much to my chagrin). The other night we sat in her tent to read before bedtime. I pulled out “Happy HoliDogs!”… think of a crude version of the 12 Days of Christmas where you replace maids and doves with dogs. We hadn’t read it in over a week and when we got up to seven dogs-a-leaping she took it from there… all the way down to one pup under the tree. I was in disbelief. I had to call Ben in to have her recite pretty much the entire book. I had no idea she could do that. This ability became all the more staggering when her teacher told me last Friday that Zo had been saying “My Daddy said I could have anything I want!” Hello mortified. Have we raised her to be greedy and self-centered!? Does she really believe she gets anything she wants?! Two days later we realized where that statement had come from… PeeWees Big Adventure. Oops. She loves “Kiwi” Herman as she calls him. We were operating under the assumption that she was too young to repeat or understand. Zoey – 1. Mom and Dad – 0.
- Loves to look at herself in the mirror. She mugs and twirls. Her teacher told us yesterday that she spent at least 10 minutes twirling in her pink dress in front of their classroom mirror, making faces and saying “sooooo beautiful.” They told me they think she should have her own TV show.
- Cautiously stubborn. The second she knows she’s done something naughty or stubborn, she becomes sheepish and apologizes profusely.
- She loves Christmas. I’m downplaying this by saying “loves”. She can’t wait to turn on all our Christmas lights the second we get home from school. She needs to do it herself, however. She thoroughly enjoys touching the presents under the tree.
- Favorite Food: Spicy Chips and m&ms (“dah Kwismass ones”)
- Favorite Toy: Still Toothless and Baby Toothless, which has now been nicknamed “BT”. Also loves puzzles and whips through them like nobody’s business.
- Favorite Activities: Making blanket forts with Daddy, putting “chat stick” on her lips, feeding Spliff treats (“Here baby, have some buddy biskits” as she throws five treats into a pile on the floor), turning the Christmas lights on and off, and riding on Ben’s back (“I’ma ride you, Daddy Horsie!”). And who can forget the endless sheets of stickers that are mindlessly slapped onto giant sheets of easel paper?
- Favorite Color(s): I’d have to say a tie between blue and purple now.
- She can recognize her name written out so she knows each and every present that belongs to “Zo-ee-why” under the tree.
- She’s become opinionated about what she wears. Mostly regarding pants. She now hates jeans because “They’re just not kumpy!” (kumpy = comfy).
I just did preview view and realized I just wrote a book so I’ll stop there. Here are the pictures of our very grown up girl in her jaw-dropping hand made Norwegian sweater from her Auntie Nan…
Half birthdays seem to have a similar shock value when compared to whole birthdays. Whole birthdays (** I chuckled after I wrote that.**). I tend to invent words or phrases in inopportune situations… i.e. in a meeting with our Treasury Operations Manager when I said spreadsheety. Yeah. I said spreadsheety to a Senior Vice President. Whole birthday needs to catch on. It pinpoints the type of birthday so you don’t confuse it with half birthday, or golden birthday, er… wait. I guess a golden birthday would technically qualify as a whole birthday. Never mind. Pretend you didn’t just waste 15-20 seconds of your life reading that. My point, before I went off on a ridiculous tangent, was that it’s almost as shocking that Zo is officially 2 and a half when compared to how I felt when she turned 2. Time is just a-flyin’ and I wish I could slow her down.
- I feel that, since I’m her mom, I’m allowed to say that she is the cutest kid that’s ever walked the planet. She gets more beautiful by the day. It terrifies me!
- She’s so empathetic and compassionate. When we found a huge lump on our best bud/ brother, Spliff, she immediately requested her “doctor tools” and gave him a full check up… complete with Dora band-aid and faux inoculations. She hugged him and said “I’ma make you all better, Peen. I love you, baby.” **Tears were shed.**
- Favorite Food – candy corn pumpkins, jalapeno chips (which she calls spicy chips), and macky cheese.
- Favorite Movie – We haven’t watch How to Train Your Dragon in a while, but she still loves that one and talks about it constantly. Her favorites to watch right now are Finding Nemo and Brave.
- Favorite Toy(s) – She still loves her Toothless stuffed animal and Tiny has crept back into her heart. He is actually accompanying her to school now. I’d say it’s a tie between the two of them. She’s loving coloring on chalkboards right now so that was inspiration for this month’s photo shoot. She’s also into her Merida (princess from Brave) and Angus (Merida’s horse) stuffed animals.
- Favorite Song – Every night we sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and You Are My Sunshine but nothing gets her going like Walking on a Dream.
- She’s headstrong and has an opinion about everything, but is very good about apologizing and changing her naughty behavior when it happens.
- She loves scary stuff. She’s not afraid of anything. She even likes to say “I’m not afraid of anything!” It’s true. She can walk up to any skeleton or monster decoration, no matter how big or menacing and hold it’s hand and say, “I like this skeleton. He’s scary.”
- Cutest thing she’s doing right now – She loves it when I wear my hair down. She’ll stroke it with her hands and sing this song from Tangled. Obviously, when Zo sings, the words aren’t as clear and it ends after one verse, but I find it adorable. I’m usually very impressed with how on-key her gibberish words are!
So, like I said above, her love of all things chalk inspired this month’s photo shoot. We had to end up doing them indoors which explains the god-awful backgrounds. Dang daylight savings time!
You’ll notice in that last picture that she’s holding a stuff dog with creepy eyebrows. That is Farfel. He was actually my stuffed dog from when I was a little girl! It tickles me that she loves him so much.
It tickles me that both Zo and Spliff love him so much…
Yep, those are stickers on Spliff’s head. A brother’s gotta do what a brother’s gotta do!
And Zoey photo bomb in 3, 2…
Ben was trying to get the lighting and flash right. I love how she’s creeping. It’s so BigFoot-esque!
Seriously. Once you see her pictures it’s the first thing you’re going to think of. Little House on the Prairie.
Yesterday, Zo moved two months closer to being 2 and a half. She’s 28 months old and this was by far her most cooperative photo shoot to date. She smiled, she hammed it up… heck, she even did some dog chasing and tree danglin’. I can’t believe all the milestones we’re hitting these days. She started early preschool, she can spell a few words, and she can count in English and Spanish. She can almost dress herself and even puts her shoes on the correct feet. She’s a very brave girl (as evidenced by a few of our pictures below) and is so unique and quirky. We’re just so glad she’s ours!
- There aren’t many words Zo has trouble with these days. She’s fully conversational. Trust me, you’d notice if you were in her presence. She literally (literally… not figuratively) never stops talking. It’s constant.
- Her hair is getting so much longer. When it’s wet, it goes down past her shoulders, but the second it begins to dry it turns into ringlets and shortens up to about her chin!
- Her favorite move: How to Train Your Dragon (Dwagons) and Despicable Me (Despicolo Me)
- Her favorite food: Sprinkle donuts
- Her favorite color: Blue comes first… then Purple
- Her favorite toy: Her Toothless stuffed dragon from How to Train Your Dragon in addition to any of her other Toothless toys that she’s acquired. Still can’t sleep without her Tiny though!
- Her favorite animal: Dragons! (She even says they have dragons at the zoo. I keep telling her bringing Toothless there with us doesn’t count.) Or snakes. We have to draw them with chalk on the patio for her all the time. She says “they like to chase her but she’s not scared!”
- Her favorite game: Pretending she’s Ursula from The Little Mermaid and stealing Daddy’s voice when he sings like Ariel. I know I’ve asked this before, but should I be worried that she digs movie villains?
- She says the cutest and sweetest things for no reason. The other night when I was singing her to sleep she told me that she loved my voice. Or yesterday, when we were putting on play clothes after school, she stood up on her changing table, wrapped her arms around my neck and said, “Mommy, sometimes I just love you!”
- She thinks Daddy is the funnier than a cat in a shark costume on a Roomba. He can cure any foul Zoey mood.
- Timeouts happen a lot. And she is very quick to apologize these days. Methinks (or me-hopes, I guess) that they’re working!
I give you, Zoey Ingalls Wilder…
Photo shoots just aren’t the same without our fool-proof smile-maker…
And that brave part I mentioned earlier… She doesn’t have help… she’s holding herself up a few feet off the ground! Daddy was there to catch her but she “can do it herself!”
Zo got into a very sought after private pre-school. We were so sad to learn that we were wait-listed at the closer Primrose location to our home last week; it was sounding like June 2014 was the earliest she could secure a spot. We had heard such amazing things about the school and wanted to get Zo in ASAP. As I wallowed in self-pity I browsed the internet searching for the best option for Zo to no avail… nothing compared to Primrose. I remembered that Primrose had multiple locations, and that maybe if Ben and I were willing to drive a little further every day, we could make another location work. I knew all locations were on a significant wait but I decided to call anyway. Never hurts to ask, right? I didn’t know how right I was.
Initially, they told me they were also looking at June 2014 for an opening for Zo’s age group. Ugh! Not again! But then, the receptionist said “Wait and hold one second. I need to ask the director something.” I crossed my fingers. I held. I held some more. Then the director came on the phone and told me that she had an immediate opening for Zo! Um, what?! Apparently, at 27 months, she fit perfectly into the spot that had just opened that morning and that if we wanted it it was ours! I almost screamed (and then remembered that I was at work), but excitedly said “We’ll take it! We’ll take it!” The director began taking down my info and we came to Zo’s name. After I said “Zoey” the director was surprised. “Small world! That’s the name of the little girl that is leaving who’s spot you’ll be taking!” Um, yeah. Very weird, indeed! Same spelling and everything! This spot was meant for her! We stopped by that very night and picked up her new backpack and all the paperwork. Cutest backpack ever…
She was so excited when it came time to go to school yesterday. I was very proud of her!
Her first day could not have gone more smoothly. Not one tear was shed. She easily walked away from Ben and I when we entered her classroom and didn’t look back when we left. She loved everything about her day and napped like a champ. They told me that it was like she’d always been there. They sent her home with this adorable card with a picture of her napping. Love that.
I still can’t believe that Zo’s starting pre-school and that we were lucky enough to get her into such a wonderful place. Where has the time gone?!
Yesterday was the 27 month mark for Zo. After bath time (around 6:30 pm) we realized that we’d completely spaced on taking her monthly pictures! So I quickly blew her hair dry, threw on this dress that finally fits her (it is a 6-12 month from auntie Marisa) and ran out to the backyard to quickly get this thing done before we entered the sleep-deprived tantrum zone. m&m’s are our co-pilot. This kid will do anything for an m&m. They are her vice. So, we get her out back and into her little chair and realize the camera battery is dead. Thank the Lord for the iPhone 5 and its superior picture taking abilities (Of course, I needed to delete three apps to free up some memory space… Yes, I’ve filled the largest iPhone on the market to max capacity with pictures of my kid)! Apple, we owe you one!
You know the drill… a few things about our girl…
- She’s definitely a typical toddler. She tests us constantly. For instance, yesterday I told her that she needed to stop incessantly stepping on the garbage can pedal to lift the lid. She did it again and looked at me with a smirk. I told her that if she stepped on the pedal one more time she’d get a timeout. She smirked again and stood with her little foot hovering over the pedal. She suddenly put her foot down on the ground and lifted the lid with her fingers instead. Cheeky monkey. She won that battle… I hope I win the war!
- She started Montessori school. School is definitely her thing and she comes home every day with something new to share with us. My favorite song is probably “There are seven days in a week!” When she finished the song I said to her, “That was so great! So, how many days are in a week?” She replied, “2!” Song fail.
- I told her the other day that she was so goofy. She replied “No way, man! I’m a girl!”
- She thinks that the only way to get Mommy and Daddy to wake up is to kiss them on the lips. The other day Ben was pretending to sleep so that she’d give him a kiss. She grabbed my arm and pulled me over. She said “Mommy, you kiss Daddy up!”
- Favorite Movie(s): “Despicolo Me” and “Monster
- Favorite Song: “I Like to Move it, Move it!” (pee-my-pants laughing whenever she sings it… she bobs her head back and forth when she sings the “move it move it” part)
- Favorite food: “Tootie rolls” (tootsie rolls) and “macky cheese”. Although, she has taken an interest in “marmallows” since camping.
- Favorite book: Little Red Barn
- Favorite toy(s): Tiny (obviously) and “sea shells” (which is actually a jug of beads that snap together)